• Cocktail (1988)


Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: August 13th, 2002

R |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) wants a high-paying marketing job, but needs a business degree first. Working as a bartender to pay for college, Flanagan is mentored by his veteran boss, Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown). Together, their showy tricks and charisma command large crowds and tip payments -- until Flanagan and the cynical Coughlin have a falling out. Flanagan moves to Jamaica to raise enough money to open his own bar, where he falls in love with artist Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue).

Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes, Laurence Luckinbill, Kelly Lynch, Gina Gershon, Ron Dean

Director: Roger Donaldson

Genres: Comedy drama , Romance

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Interscope Communications

Keywords: Father, Love, New York City, Amusing, Transformation, 1980s, Emotional, Bar, Temptation, Love interest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 25
    TV Guide Magazine

    In fact, with no fewer than 17 of Donaldson's favorite rock songs and a complete lack of dramatic impetus, Cocktail would fare better as an extended-play music video. show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The more you think about what really happens in Cocktail, the more you realize how empty and fabricated it really is. show more

  • 63
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Tom Cruise does with bartending pretty much what he did with a pool cue in "The Color of Money." In other words, he shows skill at a con game while being less successful with the woman in his life. [29 Jul 1988, p.A]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture